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Our current research focuses on mode of action of insecticides; mechanisms of insecticide resistance; and the molecular biology, neurophysiology and neuropharmacology of two families of voltage-gated ion channels: 1) the Para family of voltage-gated sodium channels and 2) the DSC1 family of voltage-gated cation channels. While the Para family of voltage-gated sodium channels are well-known targets of insecticides, including pyrethroids, the DSC1 family of voltage-gated cation channels are potential targets of new insecticides.

Experimental models: Drosophila melanogaster; cockroaches, mosquitoes, mites and ticks.

Experimental approaches: molecular biology, electrophysiological analysis using Xenopus oocytes; Drosophila molecular genetics, neurophysiological and behavioral analysis.

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Campus address:
438 Giltner Hall

Mailing address:
Natural Science Building 243
288 Farm Lane
East Lansing, MI 48824

Phone numbers:
(Lab) 1-517-353-5517;
(Office) 1-517-432-2034
Email: dongk@msu.edu